Barnes boosts five-star Brighton

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Ashley Barnes, left, put Brighton's victory beyond doubt

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Ashley Barnes, left, put Brighton's victory beyond doubt

Ashley Barnes hit a nine-minute hat-trick as npower Championship side Brighton won their opening pre-season friendly 5-0 at Maidstone.

Craig Mackail-Smith put Albion ahead in the 25th minute, prodding the ball over the line after Gary Dicker's shot came back off the crossbar.

Will Hoskins grabbed the second after the break before Barnes took centre stage with two neat finishes either side of a penalty.

New signing Wayne Bridge took part in the warm-up but did not feature in the match with Marcos Painter starting at left-back.

Charlton began preparing for life in the Championship with a comfortable 4-0 friendly win over Welling United.

All four goals came in the second half as the League One champions saw off their non-league neighbours.

An own-goal from Joe Obersteller opened the floodgates before Michael Smith's header made it two.

Skipper Johnnie Jackson found the net from the penalty spot after Danny Haynes was sent tumbling in the area, and Haynes completed the scoring with a near-post header from Dale Stephens' corner four minutes from full-time.

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